In this week’s update:

  • Week 1 Recap
  • Rest Breaks Hearings Next Week!
  • Advocacy Camp & WSNA Lobby Day

Week one recap #

The 2019 Legisla­tive session officially began Monday with the swearing in of new legis­la­tors. Notably, this biennium, we have the most pro-nurse legis­la­ture in recent years! Your public affairs team has been hard at work this week meeting with legis­la­tors and coordi­nating with partners. WSNA testi­fied in House and Senate hearings on the Governor’s budget this week – speaking to the impor­tance of new funding for school nurses, nursing educa­tion and public health. Looking ahead to next week, both the House and Senate will hold hearings on our Rest Breaks bill on Monday (more on that below).

For more on WSNA’s 2019 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties click here.

Rest Breaks Bill hearings next week #

On Monday, January 21, both the Senate and House will hold hearings on the Rest Breaks bill. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hearing will be held at 10 a.m., followed by the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee at 1:30 p.m.

Because it is a new biennium, these bills have new bill numbers: SB 5190 (Senate) and HB 1155 (House). We are optimistic that both bills will pass out of these commit­tees, but we need your help. We know that when nurses speak, lawmakers listen! Click here to tell your legis­la­tors to support rest breaks for nurses.

Upcoming events #

Advocacy Camp — January 28
This year WSNA’s Advocacy Camp is the desig­nated activity for schools and students, with a revamped struc­ture to facil­i­tate learning. Enjoy a morning keynote from Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib, a buffet-style hot lunch and discus­sion with a panel of legis­la­tors. With the change in venue, we are pleased to offer a flat rate regis­tra­tion fee of $25 for all partic­i­pants – and parking is free.

For more infor­ma­tion and regis­tra­tion links, click here.

WSNA Lobby Day — February 28
The goal of WSNA’s Lobby Day is to advance our legisla­tive prior­i­ties that support nurses and patient safety. This event will include a morning briefing session to help partic­i­pants get up-to-speed on key issues before the legis­la­ture. A few legis­la­tors will be invited to speak at this event and WSNA’s Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council will present the Association’s 2019 Legisla­tive Priorities.

Time will also be spent role-playing to prepare for after­noon appoint­ments with your legis­la­tors. After lunch, you will head up to the hill to attend meetings with your legis­la­tors. This is a great oppor­tu­nity for nurses to talk with their lawmakers about key issues, such as the need for uninter­rupted rest breaks, as well as funding for school nurses, nursing educa­tion faculty, and public health.

We are happy to offer 2.75 CNE contact hours this year! More infor­ma­tion and regis­tra­tion links are here.

Action alerts! #

As news about our legisla­tive prior­i­ties develop, watch for Action Alerts from WSNA regarding when to weigh in. Of course, one of the best oppor­tu­ni­ties to take action is by joining your fellow nurses in Olympia for WSNA Lobby Day and meet with your legis­la­tors face-to-face!

Please look for regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session gets underway – we look forward to your partic­i­pa­tion in the process!